Tip & How-To about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

The 3 most popular fixes for the Xbox 360

These are free fixes I found on the internet and tried myself I have rated them as well with my recommendation:

The Towel Trick:

Pros

  • Fast and easy
  • Opening console is not required - does not void warranty
Cons
  • Might make things worse
  • Usually works for 2 weeks only
  • Not recommended to use repeatedly
Recommendation - Do it only if you are not technical and afraid to open the console, use warranty if still permitted.

The Heat Gun Solution:
Pros
  • If done right works for long (longer than the towel trick)
  • Simple to do
Cons
  • Opening console is required - Void Warranty
  • Might make things worse
  • Not recommended to use repeatedly
  • Usually works for a fews weeks only
Recommendation - Its involved voiding warranty and hard to make it a permanent solution, use only if you don't have a warranty.

The Eraser Trick:

Best solution here at Fixya:

The Eraser Trick

Pros

  • If done correctly works permanently
  • Very simple to do
  • Requires only a simple eraser
  • Can used repeatedly
Cons
  • Opening console is required - Void Warranty
  • Usually does not used right and not works permanently
  • Requires some technical knowledge
Recommendation - Read comments on the thread to know what to expect and do it only if you don't have your warranty.

Conclusion
- These fixes are great, but from my experience there is no stable fix for this problem since the Red Ring of Death will come back even if fixed by an expert. Therefore those fixes are good as any but also void the 3 years warranty. If you do have your warranty I recommend on using it.

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xbox 360 red ring of death


Not a simple question.

It depends on the 360 to be honest.

Whatever you do try do not do the "towel trick"
The red ring of death is usually an overheating problem and the towel trick will cause the 360 to overheat.
Look on youtube for "the penny trick/fix"

I'd recommend you send your xbox to a repair center though. In most cases they will repair it for free.

Aug 19, 2012 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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I have a red ring


Try the towel trick, it worked for me. Get a damp towel and cover the X-Box with it. Or you can try putting it in the freezer for a bit, apparently that worked with a friend of mine, I would recommend the towel trick.
Guide: http://www.wikihow.com/Do-the-Xbox-360-Towel-Trick

Aug 28, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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how to fix my xbox 360 from 2 red lights


Towel Trick This part is more for reference. I don’t recommend doing this method.
I read about the towel trick before I found out about the X-Clamp replacement, so thought I would give it a try. At the time, it was either this or the heat gun trick, which seemed a bit more risky, so I went with the towel method.
This method basically involves wrapping your xbox 360 up in a towel to prevent any airflow from getting in, or out, of the xbox 360. This in turn forces the xbox to get really hot. You must leave the video plug attached, so that the xbox does not auto shut off. I left it running for about 15 minutes. It got pretty warm...
I’m not sure on the specifics, but I believe this just allows the solder on the cpu/gpu/ram to reflow, and fix the bad connections. As the x-clamp is still in use, this method generally will fail, and it did for me after about 2 days (and I wasn’t using it heavily).



Dec 14, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox 360 Red ring of death


If it still under warranty, contact Microsoft for a replacement.
There is no permanent fix for the Red Ring of Death.

Sep 01, 2008 | Video Game Consoles & Games

3 Answers

x box 360 system crashes


microsoft have extended theyre warrenty on xbox 360consoles to 3 years with the ring of death problem... so microsoft shuld fix it free of charge just bring it to wherever you bought it and they should take care of it.

Aug 27, 2007 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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